Metal dragons are dragons whose scales are coated in metal. Metal dragons were created by pouring molten metal on dragon eggs, few of which survived the process. Though some metallic dragons are seen with eggs nearby, they have yet to hatch, and no baby metallic dragons have yet to be seen. Compared to chromatic dragons, metal dragons are slightly more resistant to ranged and magical attacks, though they're still weak to stabbing attacks as with most dragons.
Bronze, iron and steel dragons fight with melee, while mithril, adamant and rune dragons also use ranged and magic attacks. All metal dragons are capable of long-range dragonfire, which is stronger than a chromatic dragon's; the Protect from Magic prayer has no effect against this type of dragonfire, though it can still be countered with sufficient dragonfire protection.
Metal dragons drop metal bars when killed, which correspond to the type of metal dragon the player killed. For example, a steel dragon will drop steel bars, and an iron dragon would drop iron bars - the quantity of which depends on the quality of the metal. Bronze, iron and steel dragons drop five bars, mithril dragons drop three, adamant dragons drop two and rune dragons drop one bar of their respective material.
Metal dragons have various unique drops as a result of their increased difficulty over chromatic dragons. All metal dragons, excluding bronze ones, can drop the draconic visage. All dragons excluding the mithril dragon can drop dragon platelegs and plateskirts; the mithril dragon is the only monster that can drop dragon full helms. Adamant and rune dragons can drop dragon limbs; adamant dragons exclusively drop dragon metal slices, while rune dragons exclusively drop dragon metal lumps.
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|Bronze dragon||131||Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged)||Brimhaven Dungeon/Catacombs of Kourend||Bronze dragons are the lowest-level metal dragon; however, killing them is difficult since the dragons are never by themselves.|
|Iron dragon||189||Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged)||Brimhaven Dungeon/Catacombs of Kourend||Iron dragons are among the most commonly killed metal dragon because they are assigned in large numbers by many Slayer masters.|
|Steel dragon||246||Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged)||Brimhaven Dungeon/Catacombs of Kourend||Steel dragons are found in the same locations as iron dragons, and are much the same except for their much higher Defence.|
|Mithril dragon||304||Melee, Magic, Ranged, Dragonfire (extra long-ranged)||Second level of the Ancient Cavern||Mithril dragons are some of the highest-level dragons of any type and are extremely dangerous. They are the only monster to drop the extremely rare Dragon full helm.|
|Adamant dragon||338||Slash, Ranged, Magic, Dragonfire, Poison Spit, Blood Forfeit||Lithkren Vault||Adamant dragons are accessible after completion of Dragon Slayer II. They are the only monster to drop the very rare Dragon metal slice.|
|Rune dragon||380||Slash, Ranged, Magic, Dragonfire, Electric Bolts, Leech Life||Lithkren Vault||Rune dragons are the strongest metal dragon, accessible after completion of Dragon Slayer II. They are the only monster to drop the very rare Dragon metal lump.|